State Briefs 6/24/09
Inmate gets another year for trying to smuggle marijuana into prison
MARION – Federal inmate Vincent B. Hamilton was sentenced Tuesday to an additional year in the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion for attempting to smuggle marijuana into the prison.
A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, says Hamilton, 46, of Chicago, intended to sell the marijuana to other inmates. Hamilton had pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with possession of a prohibited object by an inmate and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Hamilton was also ordered to pay fines and special assessments totaling $300 and was placed on a three-year term of supervised to release to follow his term of incarceration.
Evidence presented showed that another individual smuggled marijuana into the visiting room at USP-Marion on August 10, 2008, and passed it to Hamilton, who then concealed it in his body. Prison officials observed the transaction take place and successfully recovered the marijuana from Hamilton, who admitted that he intended to sell the marijuana to other inmates.
Hamilton is serving a sentence of 19 years and seven months for armed bank robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence relating to his robbery of the North Community Bank in Chicago in 2004.
Marion Daily Republican
Hoagie hurler fined, ordered to perform public service
PEORIA – Memo to would-be attackers out there: A hoagie roll is now considered a weapon.
Just ask Rosario Enciso, 51, who was convicted Monday in Peoria County's misdemeanor court of hurling a hoagie at a neighbor as well as resisting the police officers who arrived to quell the grainy dispute.
Judge Paul Gilfillan ordered Enciso to serve 90 hours of public service, serve 18 months on conditional discharge and pay nearly $600 in costs and fees.
The hoagie heaving occurred on Nov. 1 at Parkview Estates, where Enciso lived at the time. She admitted during the trial she had been drinking and had gotten upset with a neighbor over the hoagie, which was in her yard. She went up to his porch, threw it at him and then allegedly spit on him before retreating back to her home, according to court records.
Gilfillan didn't specifically rule on whether Enciso actually spit on the neighbor, though the neighbor did testify she did. The neighbor admitted the two had a long-standing feud.
Police arrived to find the hoagie in pieces on the neighbor's porch and headed over to Enciso's home to find out what caused the roll to go flying. When they arrived, they found Enciso in her house with a dog, which she told police would bite if they came inside.
Undaunted, the officers peeled apart her screen door, which was held together with tape. When Enciso went to put the screen back on the door, officers cuffed her and dragged her out of the apartment.
Peoria Journal Star
Sister of man charged with murder says shots fired at her apartment
SPRINGFIELD – A 30-year-old woman whose brother is facing murder charges told police that somebody shot at her apartment Monday night.
When officers asked her if she had any ongoing issues or enemies, she replied that she didn’t know of any, police said. However, she told police she is the sister of Donald Newton, 21, who has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old John D. Griffin.
Griffin was gunned down May 5 in front of an apartment building after he allegedly went to the building to confront a man about an earlier burglary at another apartment in the complex.
The woman told officers she found a bullet hole in her wall late Monday, police said. She left the apartment about 11 p.m. and returned 15 minutes later to find the bullet hole.
Police still investigating case of Rockford teen found in Chicago
ROCKFORD — Chicago police are still investigating a child abduction involving a Rockford teen who went missing Saturday and was found Monday night in Chicago.
Precious Walker, 14, of Rockford, and her 15-year-old cousin were approached by four men in a sport utility vehicle around 11 p.m. Saturday, police said. After Walker willingly got into the car with the men, her cousin went home and told a family member who alerted police, police said.
Walker was found Monday night in Chicago and was taken to a hospital. Officer Gabrielle Lezniak said no one is in custody and there are no further updates. Walker appears to be in good physical condition, Lezniak said.
Walker has been reunited with her family.
Rockford Register Star
Former council member raising funds for memorial for deceased mayor
PEKIN – Former Mayor David Tebben was “Pekin’s biggest cheerleader and deserves to be remembered,” said Fred Massaglia, a former council member who’s organizing a fundraising drive for a Tebben memorial.
Massaglia sent letters to local businesses this week soliciting donations. He said the project will cost $7,000.
He plans to have a large granite stone engraved with Tebben’s likeness, birth date, death date and quotes placed in front of city hall.
Tebben died Dec. 12 from infection after a surgery, following a November heart attack.
Donations may be sent to the “David Tebben Memorial Fund” at Herget Bank. Massaglia said his goal is to dedicate the stone during Pekin’s Marigold Festival in September.
Pekin Daily Times